Ian R Waite


Aquatic Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey since June 1992 (Oregon Water Science Center, Portland, OR).


  • University of Idaho, Moscow, ID,  Entomology (Minor-Aquatic Ecology), Ph.D., 1994.
  • Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA,  Fisheries, M.Sc., 1987.
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Natural Resources (Fisheries and Marine Biology), B.A., 1982.


Research Focus  My primary focus has been on understanding the effects of multiple instream stressors on wadeable streams throughout the U.S., primarily looking at the effects of agriculture and urban land use. 

One of my specialties is the use of multivariate statistics and various modeling techniques to help us untangle the complex mixture of natural and anthropogenic variables at diverse spatial scales (e.g., instream, local, watershed and regional). 

I've been applying various predictive modeling approaches to better understand the causal mechanisms of disturbance on aquatic ecosystems across a large diversity of ecosystems and scales. I work to communicate the findings through public meetings, watershed councils, international science conferences and in journal publications. 

I feel I can analyze, develop models and summarize almost any type of data and present the findings in a clear concise manner.